Hey I was wondering if my horse has a black dorsal stripe does it mean he is a Dun? Or are there more characteristics to it than that?
There are more characteristics involved and there are other things that can cause dorsal stripes.
Other dun factors are: cobwebbing on the face, facial masks, wither/neck stripes/markings, leg barring, eye brow marks, zippers on the back of the legs, and ear tips are a couple of them.
Here's a website with some more information: http://www.horsecolor.com/dilutions/dun/index.html
Dun: Dun is an intense color with a hide that has an abundance of pigment in the hairs. The dun color is a duller shade than buckskin and may have a smutty appearance. Most dun horses have dark points of brown or black. Dun horses sport the "dun factor" points which include dorsal and shoulder stripes, leg barring, etc.
Yes they do have dorsal stripes, & "frosting" of the mane & tail & everything else MN said!
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No, it could just be counter-shading. To be sure, he would either have to have some other dun markings or else you'd need to get him tested for the dun gene.
One of his parents would have had to be dun as well.
Well he does have eyebrow markings and his body is a dark brown with his legs,tail and mane all being darker almost back and his muzzle is a lighter brown too. I am not good with color so I don't even know what his color would be, I just call him brown (which is also his name). He didn't come with any papers and very little background, the previous owners said he needed to be blindfolded when loading in a trailer:shock:, not true he literally jumps right in and is very quiet in the trailer. Anyways thanks for the info : )
If you can post some clear photos of him, and the markings someone can probably help you more. Without knowing his parentage the only way you'll actually know "for sure" would be to get him DNA tested.
Is that your horse in your avatar?
He looks bay to me.
Yup. If he has a dorsal stripe, it is cause by counter-shading. He is handsome none the less :)
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